“We’re a $133 billion government. Do you know what we’re capable of?”
“Er, well, no, because they won’t tell us.”
The state’s Health Department found in an analysis it prepared early last year that the much-debated drilling technology known as hydrofracking could be conducted safely in New York, according to a copy obtained by The New York Times from an expert who did not believe it should be kept secret.
The analysis and other health assessments have been closely guarded by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his administration as the governor weighs whether to approve fracking. Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has long delayed making a decision, unnerved in part by strident opposition on his party’s left. A plan to allow a limited amount of fracking in the state’s Southern Tier along the Pennsylvania border is still seen as the most likely outcome, should the drilling process receive final approval.
I can’t think of any good reason to keep the report secret. Ironically, the enviros agree, presumably because they want to take a whack at the report’s findings. And naturally, it looks as though fracking will be permitted on a strategic basis, to pre-empt slant drilling from Pennsylvania? If Cuomo’s really going to run in 2016, count on the Times to continue to run interference on the economic damage he’s doing to his state with this Hamlet-like performance on drilling, as well as to ignore the failures of the Sandy relief.